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  1. The Cubs fire hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo

    Jun 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    The Chicago Cubs just announced that they have fired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. They have named James Rowson, their minor league hitting coordinator, as the interim major league hitting coach. The Cubs hired Jaramillo away from the Texas Rangers following the 2009 season. He was given a three-year, $2.42 million contract which seemed kind of nuts…

  2. In 24th appearance, Scott Downs finally gives up a run

    Jun 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Scott Downs

    Ryan Cook‘s scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on May 28. Aroldis Chapman lost his at 29 innings on Thursday. Now Scott Downs‘ streak has ended after 20 2/3 innings after he gave up his first run in earning a save against the Rockies on Sunday. Downs was the only reliever left in the league…

  3. Alexi Ogando strains groin after three hitless innings

    Jun 10, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Alexi Ogando

    Apparently it’s the new in thing; get a no-hitter going and then exit with a groin strain. Of course, Alexi Ogando today was only three innings along in his outing against the Giants, not six innings like Kevin Millwood on Friday. And Ogando wasn’t going to last all that much longer anyway; the 28-year-old was…

  4. What they’re saying about the Mariners’ combined no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

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    Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers last night. It was the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history and the first since six Astros combined to no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. It was the third…

  5. Lack of instant replay looms big in another no-hitter

    Jun 9, 2012, 1:28 AM EST

    Dee Gordon

    Just like in Johan Santana‘s no-hitter exactly a week ago, a close play that could have been overturned by replay loomed large in Seattle’s combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday night. Dee Gordon, maybe the National League’s fastest player, led off the bottom of the ninth with a broken-bat flare to shortstop against Tom…

  6. Kevin Millwood exits with groin strain; Mariners get no-hitter anyway

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Kevin Millwood pitched six hitless innings Friday against the Dodgers before being forced from the game with a mild right groin strain after going to warm up for the seventh, but five relievers combined to shut L.A. down afterwards, giving Seattle its first no-hitter in 19 years. Millwood threw just 68 pitches before his departure,…

  7. Mendoza Line no more: Michael Saunders has 18 hits in his last 8 games

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Tampa Bay Rays

    As recently as two weeks ago Michael Saunders appeared to be in danger of playing himself out of the Mariners’ plans. He was hitting .226, had a career batting average under .200, and remained an everyday player largely due to the Mariners not having better options in center field. And then something clicked for Saunders…

  8. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:50 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers 8, Cubs 0: Zack Greinke mowed ‘em down (7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 12K). That young man is gonna make a lot of money when he hits free agency this fall. Blue Jays 4, White Sox 0: Brandon Morrow tosses a two-hit shutout. Dude has really put it all together this year. Braves…

  9. Felix Hernandez to miss his next start

    Jun 5, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    That bad back Felix Hernandez suffered is not responding well, so he’s gonna have to miss his next start, reports Geoff Baker.  That means Hector Noesi will start Wednesday’s game on short rest. Eric Wedge doesn’t sound overly concerned: “Felix is feeling better, but no sense in pushing it right now. I know he feels like…

  10. First-round winners and losers from the MLB draft

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:33 PM EST

    Marcus Stroman

    Sure, one generally has to wait four or five years to really sit back and analyze how a draft turned out. But why let that stop us from picking some winners and losers from Monday evening’s first round. Winners Dodgers – Corey Seager will likely prove to be a tough sign, but the high school…

  11. MLB draft picks 16-20: The Nationals take a chance with Lucas Giolito

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:57 PM EST

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    No. 16 – Washington Nationals -High school right-hander Lucas Giolito With their lowest pick since the franchise arrived to D.C. in 2005, it didn’t look like the Nationals would be able to snag an elite talent like the previous three drafts with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. They may have lucked out here.…

  12. MLB draft picks 2-5: Mariners take catcher Mike Zunino

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Mike Zunino

    No. 2 – Minnesota Twins – high school OF Byron Buxton The Astros pulled off a surprise pick and left Mark Appel on the board, but the Twins stuck with the guy most expected them to take. Buxton, 18, is a pure center fielder with a big-time arm — he just had an 18-strikeout game…

  13. Cubs sign Hong-Chih Kuo to minor-league contract

    Jun 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been looking for a new home since being released by the Mariners during spring training and the once-dominant and oft-injured left-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs. Kuo has struggled to come back from elbow problems and anxiety issues, but when healthy was one of the best relievers in baseball…

  14. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Yankees 5, Tigers 1: If I were to tell you that one of this game’s starting pitchers — Justin Verlander or Phil Hughes — was going to toss a complete game, I’m guessing none of you would have guessed it would be Hughes.  But that he did, allowing one run on four hits. Verlander loses…

  15. Felix Hernandez questionable for his next start

    Jun 3, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Felix Hernandez

    Felix Hernandez suffered injured his back during his Friday start.  It was thought at the time that it was no big deal, but he’s still hurting: Wedge says Felix Hernandez “still feeling it” with sore back and tomorrow will be big in determining if he can make next start Wednesday. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June…

  16. Ichiro Suzuki returns to leadoff spot in Mariners order

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Eric Wedge’s offseason lineup switches just didn’t work out. A month after pulling Chone Figgins out of the leadoff spot and the lineup altogether, Wedge has decided to go back to Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order. Suzuki hit third and started in right field in each of the Mariners’ first 52 games…

  17. Great Moments in Statistics: Hisashi Iwakuma gets a save in a 21-8 game

    May 31, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    The outcome of last night’s Mariners-Rangers game was never in doubt. After posting 16 runs between the send and third innings, it was all over put the paperwork. Yet, because a pitcher finished the game with three full innings, we get this in the box score: Yep, Hisashi Iwakuma gets the save. In a game in…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 31, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Mariners 21, Rangers 8: Look, we can point to Justin Smoak driving in a half dozen runs, Jesus Montero nearly hitting for the cycle or any number of other things as being the cause of this bloodbath. But the fact is, Derek Holland shaved his mustache the other day, and there is likely a causal…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

  20. Franklin Gutierrez nearing minor league rehab games

    May 28, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez is finally making progress. According to beat writer Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune, the 29-year-old center fielder will head to the Mariners’ spring training complex in Peoria, Arizona early this week to being taking at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games. Gutierrez will eventually progress to a minor…

  21. Brandon League removed from Mariners’ ninth-inning role

    May 26, 2012, 9:20 PM EST

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    Brandon League blew his fourth save of the season on Friday night, allowing three runs in a 6-4 loss to the Angels. Today, he faced the consequences. According to Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Mariners skipper Eric Wedge announced Saturday afternoon that League has been demoted to a setup role. Save chances will be spread…

  22. Eric Wedge sits Dustin Ackley on his bobblehead day

    May 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley

    Tonight is Dustin Ackley bobblehead night at Safeco Field. However, Ackley isn’t playing. Manager Eric Wedge said he’s resting his second baseman, even though the Angels are throwing a right-hander. Which is just plain stupid. Ackley should be playing tonight regardless of the bobblehead matter. He’s a left-handed hitter who has hit righties far better…

  23. Eric Wedge says cutting Chone Figgins “is not even an option for us”

    May 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Chone Figgins

    Many people were surprised–or perhaps more accurately disappointed–that the Mariners chose not to drop Chone Figgins when they needed a roster spot for Miguel Olivo‘s return yesterday. And for those same people manager Eric Wedge has some bad news. Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that dropping Figgins “is not even an option…

  24. Miguel Olivo returns from DL, Chone Figgins keeps his job

    May 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Mariners catcher Olivo grimaces with an injury during their MLB American League baseball game against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Miguel Olivo is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a groin injury and the Mariners created a spot on the roster for his return by optioning outfielder Casper Wells to Triple-A. That means, despite some speculation to the contrary and plenty of fans calling for his job, Chone Figgins…

  25. No timetable yet for Franklin Gutierrez’s return to Mariners

    May 23, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez hasn’t played since September 4 of last season and hasn’t played well since 2010 due to a series of injuries and health problems, the latest of which are a partially torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis. He’s finally making some significant progress, with Josh Liebeskind of MLB.com reporting that Gutierrez took live batting…

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